Meeting at a general meeting in Montreal Monday morning, the unions representing laboratory technicians, laboratory technical assistants, and other Héma-Québec workers voted 99 per cent in favour of an unlimited general strike mandate to be used when deemed appropriate. Salary talks have been deadlocked since 2016 and union spokesperson Sophie Larouche said, "The Treasury Board must immediately provide clear pathways to unblock discussions at the bargaining table. We know that the employer has asked the Conseil du trésor to set up a unique salary structure for all Héma-Québec unions. To start negotiating, the Treasury Board should first allow management to submit their offer." “The government settled with the doctors and several other groups and it is unacceptable that there is no money for Héma-Québec, which is subject to essential services. It's been three years that employees have been working conscientiously without any increase in salary," Larouche said. See full story in the Monday, April 9th edition of The Record.